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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


Though most of us know that pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol - approximately five-thousand infants are born each year in the U.S. with fetal alcohol syndrome. Children with fetal alcohol syndrome don’t grow to normal size. They have abnormally small heads, distinctive facial features and can develop mild to moderate mental retardation. Some children with fetal alcohol syndrome are also born with other birth defects including heart, eye and ear problems. As children with this syndrome grow, most will develop learning and behavior problems. These include poor concentration and memory, impulsiveness, hyperactivity and anti-social behaviors such as lying and stealing. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy avoid drinking any alcohol.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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